• Deutsche Telekom gave a less-than-overwhelmingly-enthusiastic acknowledgement of 6G’s entrance into the industry zeitgeist.

Deutsche Telekom unenthusiastic about 6G

Deutsche Telekom unenthusiastic about 6G

Source: Deutsche Telekom

With 5G’s success yet to be anywhere near guaranteed, Deutsche Telekom (DT) gave a less-than-overwhelmingly-enthusiastic acknowledgement of 6G’s entrance into the industry zeitgeist. In a January 2020 blog post, marking the Group’s 25th anniversary as a publicly-listed entity, DT pointed to the “era after 2030” as the window when 6G — and quantum computing — could “open up entirely new possibilities in IT and telecommunications”. As well as not seeing 6G as having near- or medium-term impact, DT stressed that “mere access to new technologies is no longer enough for market success”. Customer experience will remain operators’ key differentiator for the “next 25years”, it said. Executives from industry and academia are due to gather in March 2020 for the second 6GWirelessSummit in Finland, featuring keynotes from Ericsson Research, Huawei Technologies, New York University, Nokia Bell Labs, and ZTE Corporation. Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo published a whitepaper in January 2020 listing six network qualities it hopes 6G will push to an “extreme” level: capacity and speed; coverage; latency; power efficiency; reliability; and volume of connections.